[ in-uhngk-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈʌŋk ʃən /


the act of anointing.
Medicine/Medical. the rubbing in of an oil or ointment.
Pharmacology. an unguent.

Origin of inunction

1595–1605; < Latin inunction- (stem of inunctiō), equivalent to inunct(us) (past participle of inunguere to anoint) + -iōn- -ion. See in-2, unction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inunction

/ (ɪnˈʌŋkʃən) /


the application of an ointment to the skin, esp by rubbing
the ointment so used
the act of anointing; anointment

Word Origin for inunction

C15: from Latin inunguere to anoint, from unguere; see unction
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Medical definitions for inunction

[ ĭn-ŭngkshən ]


The process of applying and rubbing in an ointment.
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